How to Configure Color Swatches in Magento 2

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Color Swatches play an important role in motivating customers to make purchase decisions. Unlike traditional shopping where shoppers can directly see what the colors look like, in shopping online, shoppers only base their senses to make a judgment and decide whether they will buy this product or not. Because of that, online merchants need to upgrade their display method to show swatches features such as color, pattern, and texture as attractively as possible. For example, you have a shirt and it is more attractive with unique shades of color than flat colors. The more realistic the customers feel, the more products you can sell out. This color swatch can be displayed in Layered Navigation ULTIMATE. Today’s guide will give you details about How to Configure Color Swatches in Magento 2.

Visual Swatches

Color Swatch, or Visual Swatch in general, is a great solution for the configurable products to show customers the variety of colors, patterns or designs of your products. On the store view, the swatches of products are displayed on the catalog pages and product detail pages as the following:

How to configure Color Swatches on Product Page

Text-Based Swatches

However, for attributes that do not have an image for swatching, you can use text-based swatches. A text-based swatch is often shown as a button with a text label, and plays a role in the same way as a swatch with an image. In the following picture, size is a text-based swatch.

How to configure Swatches Text-based Swatches

When text-based swatches are used to show the available sizes, any size that is not available is crossed out.

How to configure Swatches Text-based Swatches Unavailable Size

Swatches in Layered Navigation

The swatches including color swatches and text-based swatches can be also used in the layered navigation or Layered Navigation on Marketplace

How to configure Color Swatches in Layered Navigation

3 Steps to configure swatches in Magento 2

Now, let’s start configuring swatches for your store:

Step 1: Create the Swatches

Apply one of the following methods to create the swatches.

Method 1: Add a Color Swatch

  • Identify the exact color for your product.
  • On the Admin sidebar, Stores > Attributes > Product.
  • In the grid, find and edit the Color attribute.
  • Set Catalog Input Type for Store Owner to Visual Swatch.
  • Under Manage Swatch, click on Add Swatch to add a new definition to the bottom of the list. Then, do the following:

How to configure Swatches Manage Swatch Values

  • On the swatch menu, select Choose a color.

How to configure Swatches Choose Swatch Color

  • In the color picker, enter the six numbers that represent the hexadecimal value of the new color in the # field, and press the Backspace key to delete the current value. Then click on the Color Wheel button in the lower-right corner to save the swatch.

How to configure Swatches Hexademical Color

  • Enter the label for the color in the Admin and Default Store View.
  • Mark the checkbox under the Is Default to set the default color as you need.
  • Enable to change the order when click on the icon in the top left of Manage Swatch table and drag it to the new position.
  • When complete, click on Save Attribute, then flush the cache in Cache Management tab.
  • Finally, go to Edit mode in each product, and update Color attribute with the correct swatch. To update multiple products at the same time, follow the steps below.

Method 2: Upload a Swatch Image

  • Collect the swatch image that is correct for your product.
  • On the Admin sidebar, Stores > Attributes > Product.
  • In the grid, find and edit the Color attribute.
  • Set Catalog Input Type for Store Owner to Visual Swatch.
  • Under Manage Swatch, click on Add Swatch to add a new definition to the bottom of the list. Then, do the following:
    • On the swatch menu, select Upload a file.

    How to configure Swatches Upload Swatch file

    • Choose the desired image from your computer.
    • Repeat these steps for other swatch images.
    • Enter the label for the color in the Admin and Default Store View.
  • When complete, click on Save Attribute, then remember to flush the cache in Cache Management tab.
  • Finally, go to Edit mode in each product, and update Color attribute with the correct swatch. To update multiple products at the same time, follow the steps below.

Step 2: Update your product

  • On the Admin sidebar, Products > Inventory > Catalog.
  • Filter the list by Name or SKU to include only the applicable products.

How to configure Swatches Filter Attributes

  • Mark the checkbox of each product that you want the swatch to apply. And then, set the Actions control to Update Attributes.

How to configure Swatches Upload Attributes

  • Look down to the Color attribute, and mark the Change checkbox.

How to configure Swatches Change Color

Step 3: Save the product

Click on Save to apply the swatch. Then remember to flush the cache in the Cache Management tab.

Reference: Magento 2 user guide

The bottom line

Now Color swatches for your Magento 2 store are ready. Setting this up will definitely improve customers’ experience, as well as bring a great motivation for them to purchase and reduce the product return rates. It also creates a more engaging and professional frontend for your website, so it definitely worth a try, right? Feel free to drop a message when you need more support from us.

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